Wearing Simply Vera Vera Wang Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806
I’m all smiles now, but I wasn’t the first time I brushed Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806 on my lips. A pale golden pink, it’s one of six $18.50 Simply Vera Vera Wang Smooth Shine Lip Glosses.
At first swipe, I looked more like this…
I saw a sheer golden glow, a soft shine, and thought, “Cool!” But my smile quickly soured. Truth be told, this gloss turned out to be tricky.
Finding the perfect amount to apply is like divining water. A tad too much, and it looks milky, patchy and uneven.
I like it best when I apply it using a very specific method — using a tiny amount, just barely enough to cover my lips, which I then carefully blot.
Oh, and the consistency? Thick. Really thick. Almost too thick, and while it doesn’t feel sticky when I press my lips together, it’s still weirdly a magnet for fur.
Tabs was not impressed…
Vera does include some nice flourishes, like the honeysuckle scent and vanilla flavor, and the paddle-shaped applicator, which really gets into the corners of my lips and works great for shaping the point above my cupid’s bow.
It also holds up pretty well for a gloss, lasting on my lips for about three hours.
Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806, $18.50
Swatches from the left: Transforming Shadow Duo in 402, Transforming Shadow Duo in 404, Illuminating Powder Blush in 315, Smoothing Lipcolors in 702, Smoothing Lipcolors in 709 and Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806
Are the pluses enough to outweigh the price? Hmm… $18.50 seems like a lot, especially with the tricky application.
At least for now, I think I’ll stick to Vera’s lipsticks.
PRICE: $18.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Kohl’s stores and kohls.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,